Kony 2012 vs Kiva 2012
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OR HERE: www.internmatch.com
Within a span of 24 hours, #kony2012 has blown up my Internet and invaded my life. What’s interesting, though, and somewhat frustrating, is that for about 30 days, or 720 hours, I have been trying to get people to sign up for something so that I can personally donate $500 to kiva.org, a microlending non-profit company. 720 hours! What’s more mind-boggling, I do all of the work-I give the money. For Kony 2012, to make a direct impact, you need to shell out $30 for that “starter” kit that was stated in the video. Did you know $30 is a loan big enough to lift a family out of poverty at kiva.org?
I will admit, when I first watched the video, I felt empowered to make a change for Invisible children. And so, I tweeted about it. But so did every other person in with a twitter. I fell into the mob mentality of wanting to be on the “winning” side. The “cool” side. Sadly, Invisible Children is not something that I am truly passionate about. What happens if/when Joseph Kony is stopped? What is going to happen to those who were raped, kidnapped, and forced to become something that they are not? They cannot unsee what has happened to them, and without the right type of help, they will be stuck in poverty forever.
I am passionate about Kiva. Being able to lift someone out of poverty not only changes their lives, but the lives of their children, and their children’s children. It sparks a lifestyle change that has a direct impact.
I will say this again: For every person that signs up with InternMatch through me (and my super janky google doc), I will personally donate $1 to Kiva.org. InternMatch is a website that allows you to search for more jobs, more opportunities for you to have a hands-on education and to allow you to further your own career. I’m just trying to do the same to those who won’t have the chance to.